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Sonic Rituals: Ottoman, Habsburg & Burgundian Festivities (15th – 17th Centuries) From an Intermedial Perspective

April 9, 2020@3:00 pm9:00 pm

To attend this online workshop, prior registration is necessary: Please send an email specifying your name and academic affiliation to by 31 August 2020 (Monday) at the latest. For technical reasons, the number of participants is limited. You will be informed about the organizational and technical procedure before the workshop starts.

Sounds are an essential medium of representation of power. Especially on the occasion of festive events they were effectively used in the form of music, noises and performative speech acts. However, this was not done in isolation from other media. Rule was to be experienced as all-encompassing, in order to amaze and awe the court, the subjects as well as competing and “friendly” courts, and to present the ruler’s government, person and environment as ideal instances of power.

The workshop “Sonic Rituals: Ottoman, Habsburg & Burgundian Festivities  (15th – 17th Centuries) From an Intermedial Perspective”, which will be organized on 4th and 5th September 2020 by the SNF project “The Sound of Power: Sounding as Intermedial Category of 15th to 17th Century Court Festivity Rituals in an Intercultural Perspective” (University Bern) together with the Orient-Institut Istanbul, will focus specifically on the intermedial interplay of power and sound in rituals in the context of the Ottoman Sultans and the courts of Habsburg-Burgundy. Lecturers from Istanbul, Ankara, Bern, Dijon, Vienna and Boston will approach the topic from different disciplinary and time perspectives.

The workshop is organized as a video conference and thus offers the possibility to get into conversation with each other despite different locations. Interested persons who would like to join the workshop as listeners and discussants are welcome.

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April 9, 2020
3:00 pm-9:00 pm


Orient-Institut Istanbul
Şahkulu Mah., Galip Dede Cad. No. 65
Beyoğlu, İstanbul 34421 Turkey
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